Season Takes One More Twist
By Robert Nichols
Thursday 02 May 2019 22:52:00
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That second half equalising goal by Swansea pegged back Derby last night and just about pegged Boro's name back in the play off hunt again. With one match left to play Derby still have that single point advantage but anything but an easy game to play. It is all to play for at Rotherham for Boro. Who would have thought watching us full by the wayside away at Swansea or Forest?

Derby will have to overcome all those end of seasonal jitters if they are to keep their noses in front on Sunday afternoon. They face extremely difficult opponents in West Brom. The way Leeds United have fallen off gives West Brom a window of opportunity, win at Derby and hope Leeds blow it at Ipswich and they would overhaul the Yorkshire team and thus avoid Aston Villa in a play off head to head. Right now everyone wants to avoid Aston Villa in a head to head.

Tony Pulis will doubtless stick to his line that he never thinks about anyone else and to a degree it is completely true, whatever happens down at Derby Boro simply must beat Rotherham. Could you imagine the nightmare if The Rams failed to beat The Baggies only for Boro to take another heavy fall at already relegated Rotherham? Bristol City would be laughing teacakes as they sneak past the pair of us.

Boro must not fail in south Yorkshire. The New York Stadium is somewhere that Aitor Karanka's bubble almost burst in our last promotion season. We don't have too brilliant a recent record in the town. Forget all that, it is all or nothing win or bust, we must keep our heads, keep it tight if we need to do but most probably playing in the manner of the first half last week against Reading will be our best bet.

We are not blessed with too many fit defenders at this moment in time but we still have the best keeper in the division. Another reason to be cheerful is the very timely return to fitness of Lewis Wing. How good did he look last week? If the former Shildon man can keep pinging in shots on target. He is the one man who seems best able to avoid the man on the line or hitting the frame of the goal. Well, he does sometimes avoid the woodwork.

A hard working Britt Assombalonga can wear down their defences and Lewis Wing can step forward to bury a chance or two from the middle of the box. Two chances would be best for everyone's nails and state of health. Then all we have to worry about is the match taking place just down the M1 at Derby.... all we have to worry about. Did I really just type that. It must be the nerves kicking in already. Once again this is not an emotion I expected to be experiencing when witnessing our demolition away at Forest. I wonder which team their fans will be cheering on come Sunday.

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